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The House Un-American Activities Committee

Was the House Un-American Activities Committee justified in investigating subversive influences in the entertainment industry? Part two of the three-part series of lessons that examine the anti-communism movement after World War II, focuses on the HUAC investigation of the entertainment industry and the Hiss-Chambers Hearings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Preliminary activities are included for those unfamiliar with reading primary sources
Classroom Considerations

  • The three lessons are designed to be used in order and to build on one another

  • The detailed plan includes worksheets, group activities, and discussion questions
  • All required materials are included in the attached zip file
  • Links to additional background materials are included



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Included Materials

  • The House Un-American Activities Committee
  • Anticommunism in Postwar America: Interactive Timeline of the early Cold War years
  • nticommunism in Postwar America, 1945–1954: Witch Hunt or Red Menace?
  • Audio
  • Lesson Plan
  • Project
  • Reading Passage
  • Worksheet
  • Primary Source